Can 'Young Guns' Ryan, Cantor, and McCarthy Change the GOP?

We need to hear exactly what Republicans stand for, not just what they’re against.

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Take a look at the publisher’s description on Amazon of Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders by Reps. Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy:

The time has come to move the country forward with a clear agenda based on common sense for the common good. There is a better way.

Make no mistake: Congressmen Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy are proud Republicans. But they believe the party had lost sight of the ideals it believes in, like economic freedom, limited government, the sanctity of life, and putting families first. This isn’t your grandfather’s Republican party. These Young Guns of the House GOP—Cantor (the leader), Ryan (the thinker), and McCarthy (the strategist)—are ready to take their belief in the principles that have made America great and translate it into solutions that will make the future even better, solutions that will create private sector jobs, maximize individual freedom, and establish a better world for our children. This groundbreaking book is a call to action that sets forth a plan for growth, opportunity, and commitment that will propel this country to prosperity once again. Together, the Young Guns are changing the face of the Republican Party and giving us a new road map back to the American dream.

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Hopefully this is not another political diatribe filled with vague platitudes, which we’ve had a few of lately. By this time in 1994, we had 10 solid ideas listed in the Contract with America, so that voters knew what they were voting for if they pulled the lever for Republicans in the midterms. (Today’s Gallup poll shows an all-time high of people who seem to be willing to do just that, if the election were held today.) We need to hear exactly what Republicans stand for, not just what they’re against. 

I’m intrigued by the words “clear agenda,” “solutions,” “sets forth a plan,” and “new road map.” I’m so intrigued, in fact, that I pre-ordered a copy and have decided to write a review of the book for Thomas Jefferson Street readers as soon as I’ve read it. It’s no coincidence that this book hits the shelves the day after Congress gets back in town, and I’m hoping it raises the level of debate in Washington this fall. In fact, I’m looking forward to it.